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As you travel along the Great Southern Touring Route, be sure to park yourself in Penshurst, stretch your legs and discover these three local delights.
You will most certainly find yourself a treasure at Rurik’s Shed. Stocked full of books, you will lose yourself perusing through the piles, stacks and shelves of fiction and non-fiction reads. Thousands of titles and millions of pages; antiquarian rarities, inexpensive page-turners, family favourites, anthologies, biographies. It is a book browsers haven! Plus there is also bric-a-brac, records, toys and other gems to be found. Open Friday to Sunday, 10am-5pm and located on Martin Street, Penshurst.
The Volcanoes Discovery Centre
Situated in the heart of volcanic country at the third largest volcanic plain on earth is The Volcanoes Discovery Centre. Cross the threshold of the historic bluestone building at no. 23 Martin Street and enter into the fascinating and explosive world of volcanoes. The Volcanoes Discovery Centre will transport you to an era of volcanic eruptions, when lava flowed across the Western District, creating and shaping it into the landscape it is today. Uncover the geology behind the volcanic formation, learn about the cultural interactions of the Koorie people with volcanoes, witness a volcanic eruption, cradle a magmatic rock and face many more volcanic phenomenon at the Volcanoes Discovery Centre. Open Wednesday to Sunday, during school holidays or by appointment.
Fittingly follow up your mind-blowing volcanic education by climbing the once active volcano, Mount Rouse. This now dormant volcano lends itself to exploration with a path winding its way to the summit, leading you to spectacular views of a dry crater lake and the Western District Plains. Take a closer look at the dry crater lake by meandering down a grassy trail that will guide you to the archaic basin rimmed with blotchy spattered basalt. Alternatively, drive to the top of Mount Rouse and take the steps to the summit. Either way, Mount Rouse is an awe-inspiring experience – standing in this great expanse and thinking about how it all came to be.
Stretch your legs around a water wonderland at the Penshurst Botanic Gardens; a never-failing spring, a resplendent lake and a series of narrow waterways. This natural wetland is surrounded by 13 acres of land flourishing with plant life. The Swamp Cypress is a particular sight to behold as it provides a magnificent canopy over the footbridge and lights up in orange hues during Autumn. Take a seat in the garden’s gazebo and soak up the breathtaking views of the Grampians and beyond.
To learn more about Penshurst and the surrounding Greater Hamilton region, speak to a local on 1800 807 056.